Book Review

I ‘m not Twenty Four

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 Book Review:
    
 I’m Not Twenty-Four
    …223 pages
    
 By Sachin Garg
 Rs.100/-

The story:

“I’m Not Twenty-Four…” is a simple enough story – Saumya, an MBA grad whose life revolves around staying in fashion and being frivolous with all sorts of romantic fantasies successfully lands a job with one of the top companies in the country, Lala Steel (yes, really). To her dismay she discovers that she’s posted to a town called Toranagallu in North Karnataka that she hasn’t even heard of. She is apprehensive about how she will survive there without her Delhi-comforts.But later, as she grows into her job, she discovers her strengths.

When she visits nearby town Hampi, she meets Shubro, a seemingly irresponsible person who appears to be a nomad. Later we know he has an agenda in life, and a very noble one at that. Saumya is completely drawn to Shubro and makes sure he can get in touch with her later. In the meantime, she focuses on her life and becomes fast friends with the two guys, Amit and Malappa, who joined the organization with her. Saumya soon  realizes that she can’t stomach the nature of her job and decides to quit with three months’ notice ahead of her.

An innocent visit to see Malappa and talk to him turns out to be fatal for him. Now Saumya can’t wait to finish her three months and move on. At this point in time, hottie Shubro turns up at her doorstep drain. Conscious of Shubro’s “Move On Theory” where he seldom stays at the same place beyond three months, Saumya is a little sad when she realizes she’s seriously falling in love with the guy. To add to the charm, Shubro joins the company and moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform.

At the end of her notice period, which is coincidentally the end of Shubro’s 90-day stint the two have a heart-to-heart and zzz happily together. Saumya wakes up to find Shubro gone. Silly girl doesn’t check her laptop and making a decision to return to work after two weeks off, goes off to Delhi. Comes back after two weeks, sits at the laptop and finds the browser open in a blog – which is written by none other than Shubro under an alias.

Everything falls into place and she happily knows where to go meet him. So – everybody is happy. Other significant characters in the story are her boss, her best friend Vartika and others. 

The review: 

Dear Sachin,

When I signed up to receive a free copy of this book, I must confess that it was the cover that drew me in. It promised to be a good read. When I did receive the book last Monday, I was quite eager to read it. After all, every book from BlogAdda comes shrink-wrapped and I love the feeling of ripping that off, opening the book, and smelling that new-book fragrance. And let’s face it, I have my own favorite pair of red shoes. 

What I liked:

Okay, Sachin – first off, the thing that impressed me very much was this personal note. Full marks to you for this:

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Happily, I began to read the book. Nice story.

While I like all kinds of presentations, I am partial to the first-person narration. I quite liked the way Saumya went about relating the events. I started off thinking, hmmm….I don’t think I like her very much….but changed my mind by the time I finished the book. She may have been a little immature in the beginning, but it was good to see the change as the story progressed. She seemed to have a fetish for breaking people’s teeth, which she got over, half way through the book. Amen.

It is a nice story – and I believed it, probably because I’ve seen worse. (probably because I am Not Twenty-Four!). I liked how you’ve characterized each person in the tale. I especially enjoyed the way it started off – with the prologue. Overall – nice flow. I read it to the end in almost one sitting.

I don’t want to add a sub-title about what I did not like and be nasty.

But, Sachin, I just can’t help pointing out some things that cheesed me off. Why so many spelling mistakes? Why such disregard for grammar? It is cute to write in a casual tone – but it is not cute to use the wrong grammar. Is it infra dig to edit? Forgive me, but it totally puts me off to see “waist” and “waste” used interchangeably. After some confusion over Torangallu, Toranagallu and Tornagallu, the book settled down to using Toranagallu.

I enjoyed the book basically, but found the grammar/spelling goofs very distracting. I only have one thing to say – do please continue to write (I intend to get hold of “It’s first love” and read it) – but please, please, please get someone to edit it. Heck, you could even ask me!

Cheers!

 

The Verdict: 
People, this book is worth a read, if you can ignore 
the sentence formation/grammar/spelling goofs.

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Cheers!

Vidya

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Someone is Special
    November 15, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Ha ha good review vidya.. one day I wish to see my book getting reviewed by you 🙂

    Someone is Special

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury
    November 15, 2011 at 7:52 am

    🙂 Count on it, Saravana!

  • Reply
    My Inner Chick
    November 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    –Your reviews are always honest & beautifully written.

    I’d love to hear your review on “A Thousand Splendid Suns.”

    Have you read it, dear?

    **waist” and “waste”**

    O, my, is this true?
    X

    Xxx Smooches

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury
    November 16, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Thanks Kim – I just downloaded the book and am dying to read it. I’ll definitely post a review when I finish reading it. It looks promising 😀

  • Reply
    tsonodablog
    November 17, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I am floored and also very happy to have read your honest review of this book. I didn’t know you reviewed books on your blog, as I’m relatively new here. I am intrigued and now I have even more reasons to return (besides the fact that you are awesome!)
    Terri
    P.S. An honest grammar mistake now and then is one thing, but the lack of editing mentioned above would be way too distracting to keep me reading for long. Hopefully the author will take the hint.

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury
    November 17, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Hey Terri – these days I find myself being more and more inspired by friends like you. This book review thing is something I’ve been doing offline. What triggered posting it online was a request from Vidur’s school group to review one of my all-time favorites, Tom Sawyer. You can imagine how that felt! I’ll send you a link to that – I so loved doing it. Then BlogAdda started their “Book Review” program and so far, it is fun. I am more and more convinced I can write a pretty good novel 😉

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